natural gas energy

A Poor Attempt to Sweeten the Deal on Shaheen–Portman Energy Efficiency Bill

If lawmakers add amendments to a flawed bill in an attempt to attract more support for the bill, but the overall legislation remains flawed, should that be sufficient to satisfy the original policy concerns?

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Jeanne Shaheen7%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard7% and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Rob Portman53%Senate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard53% seem to be using this tactic to gain co-sponsors for their bill, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 761).  With the addition of ten amendments, they’ve gained new co-sponsors such as Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. John Hoeven44%Senate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard44%, Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-WV)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Joe Manchin III12%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard12%, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mary Landrieu2%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard2% and Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Johnny Isakson52%Senate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard52%.

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biofuel energy

Why Taxpayers Should Care About Cellulosic Ethanol

Cellulosic ethanol, a form of non-food based fuel produced from sources such as algae, wood chips, and corn stover,  is not a likely topic of dinner table discussion.  But as taxpayers, whether we were aware of it or not, we have been involved in attempts to produce it for many years.

Why?  The Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Debbie Stabenow0%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard0% is convinced it’s a central part of becoming energy independent and lowering our gas prices at the pump.

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Senator Ted Cruz

Remove Government Barriers to American Energy Renaissance

If you want to argue it’s the private sector, not government, that creates jobs, look no further than the energy sector of the U.S. economy.  Energy production on private and state-owned lands puts energy production on federal lands to shame.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Ted Cruz98%Senate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard98% knows this.  That’s why he introduced the American Energy Renaissance Act, which would allow the booming energy sector in America to “shine even brighter” by removing government barriers to success.

The Heritage Foundation’s Nick Loris explains:

If you’re having trouble locating the massive gains in energy supplies, job growth, and economic well-being, just look to our nation’s private and state-owned lands. States like North Dakota, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Arkansas, and others have thrived whereas, on land the federal government owns (half of the West and one-third of the entire U.S.), production has stagnated or decreased.

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natural gas energy

Mary Landrieu and the War on American Energy

Earlier this month, we shared concerning details about Rhea Suh, President Obama’s nominee to be the next Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks for the Department of Interior. Interestingly, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mary Landrieu2%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard2% supports Suh despite clear indications that she would threaten energy related jobs, especially in Landrieu’s state of Louisiana:

While two committee hearings on Suh’s nomination have raised significant concerns about her qualifications, Suh’s recorded sentiments are the real concern. For example, prior to her work at Interior, Suh facilitated environmental grants with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and later the David and Lucille Packard Foundation where she opined :

The focus is on natural gas development throughout the inter-mountain West and in Canada. The pace and magnitude of this development is easily the single greatest threat to the ecological integrity of the West.

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Pew: Keystone Pipeline Retains 2-to-1 Support among Public

The Keystone pipeline continues to draw broad support from the American public, according to a new Pew Research Center poll.  Overall, 61 percent of adults support the project.  There is more support among Republicans at 84 percent and independents at 61 percent, but even Democrats are divided with 49 percent in favor of the project and only 38 percent opposed.

Interestingly, Democrats with incomes of at least $100,000 are the least likely group to support the pipeline at 36 percent.  Those with incomes between $50,000 and $100,000 are divided, and those with incomes less than $50,000 show greater support.

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